Sector-Specific Employment Training, Certificate

Customized Employment Training, Certificate

Customer Service Skills, Certificate 

Farm to Table Food Service, Certificate 

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

Study options



Work experience


Open to International



15 weeks

At a glance image

ETP Instructor showing student garden bulbs

Applied, entry level, hands-on learning

With our help and support, you’ll learn entry-level employment skills, obtain external certifications, get practical workplace experience, and develop the confidence to pursue further learning, volunteering and employment opportunities. 

ETP Food prep

Sector-specific employment training specializations:

  • Customized Employment Training
  • Customer Service Skills 
  • Farm to Table Food Service

Certificate in Sector-Specific Employment Training

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

Sector-Specific Employment Training helps you develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that prepare you for employment in a variety of entry-level work sectors. Each specialization can be completed in 15 weeks; part-time study options are available. You will be introduced to the language, practices and skills used in different sectors through applied learning activities and work experience placements. 

Programs that fit you

Whether you're looking for entry-level skills, creative hands-on learning, or a training environment that suits how you learn best, Employment Training and Preparation (ETP) programs provide options.

A supportive learning environment

We offer flexible learning programs that start where you are now and provide a foundation to help you develop the confidence to pursue further learning, volunteering and employment. We will support you to connect with the college community and enjoy meaningful employment experiences.

Whether you love getting your hands in the dirt or working with people, our supportive staff will help you grow.

Sharpen your skills!

Gain customer service, time management and communication skills. You'll learn telephone and interview skills, how to deal with common workplace problems, and how to prepare a resumé and undertake an effective job search. 

We’ll prepare you to ask questions that will help you when job hunting and give you opportunities to work on basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills. As well, you can get certifications like First Aid, WorldHost, FoodSafe and a modified WHMIS.

Develop new skills

Spend four to eight months with us and develop new skills, gain work experience and earn a college certificate.

    Estimated tuition

    Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

    $1,938 (domestic)

    Additional Student Fees

    Scholarships, bursaries and awards

    Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

    There are many financial resources to tap into while you are at college to help with your education and living costs. Apply for scholarships & awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Access.

    You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.

      Earn a college certificate, gain work experience, develop new skills.

      We'll help prepare you for entry-level employment in industries that focus on customer service, farm to table food service, and gardening and food production.

      What to Expect

      ETP programs are four to eight months long, start in September (Fall term) or January (Winter term) and are located at our Interurban campus. All courses are self-paced, with a combination of classroom studies and work experience on campus or in the community. You may enrol for full-time or part-time studies, and you will be required to interview for each ETP program you wish to enrol in.

      What you'll learn

      ETP programs are four to eight months long, start in September (Fall term) or January (Winter term) and are located at our Interurban campus.

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      School of Access

      Curriculum & courses

      Admission Requirements

      All students admitted to the Sector-Specific Employment Training program must participate in an interview to determine suitability for the program and for working in an applied learning setting at the college. A Certificate in Employment Preparation is advised.

      Information and Application Process

      Step 1 - Contact us

      Mark Fournier - Sector-Specific Employment Training | Phone: 250-370-3839

      Step 2 - Intake Conversation

      Chat with an instructor to discover if ETP is right for you. Determine which courses you will start with.

      If you discover that ETP is not the right program for you, we may be able to suggest alternative programs or resources.

      Step 3 - Application/Financial Aid/Registration

      ETP staff will help you fill out all the necessary forms and guide you through the process:

      Note: Each ETP program is a stand-alone offering. Current students must inform ETP staff that theywish to continue on into another ETP program and book an intake conversation. See Step 1

      For more detailed information about this program, see the Academic Calendar.

      Academic Calendar

      Our Teaching Staff

      Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

      Faculty/staff profile

      Mark Fournier

      Mark Fournier

      Chair, Employment Training and Preparation

      Mark is an uninvited settler on the traditional territories of the Coast and Straight Salish Peoples. He has been creating and delivering programming ... Read more

      Faculty/staff profile

      Laura Friesen

      Laura Friesen

      Instructional Assistant | Instructor, Employment Training and Prep

      It's a privilege to be a visitor on the beautiful Coast and Straits Salish territories and to raise my family here. My ancestors came from Scotland, E ... Read more

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      Jody Isaac

      Jody Isaac

      Instructor, Employment Training and Preparation

      As a visitor in these territories, I give thanks to Coast and Straits Salish Nations for sharing their culture, knowledge and community and I'm gratef ... Read more

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      Mayu Toyoda

      Mayu Toyoda

      Instructional Assistant, Employment Training and Preparation

      Hi, my name is Mayu and I’m an Instructional Assistant with the ETP program. I have five years of experience developing and delivering Emplo ... Read more
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      Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

      Contact information

      Mark Fournier, Chair of Employment Training and Preparation

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      Campus location

      Camosun College Interurban
      4461 Interurban Rd
      Victoria, BC V9E 2C1

      Location link

      Interurban Campus